Axial spondyloarthritis & Biologics

Prior to TNF Inhibitors there weren't effective treatments for axial spondyloarthrtis

 

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Dr. Samuel Whittle
Rheumatologist

The other area where biologics have been a really great advance is in the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis. So prior to the advent of the so-called TNF inhibitors which are one of the biologic drugs we really had no very effective treatments for ankylosing spondylitis other than anti-inflammatory drugs. So with the arrival of these medications we’ve seen a really remarkable change in the way that we can treat ankylosing spondylitis and for many people with ankylosing spondylitis now we can almost completely eliminate their symptoms.

Matthew Leibowitz
Ankylosing spondylitis

Yeah, for me they’ve been great in terms of managing my condition; I can’t comment for everyone else. I’ve responded well to them. I was on non-steroidal anti-inflammatories at the beginning and have moved onto biologics and I feel like, you know, as the medicines advanced I’ve been able to access them and they’ve made I think my condition easier to manage. I don’t think they’re the be all and end all but they’re definitely a good platform to work with.

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